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As we wrote earlier this week, the Trump administration rolled back an Obama-era rule that had forced coal plants to treat wastewater with more modern, effective methods in order to curb toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury from contaminating lakes, rivers, and streams near their facilities. But this is just the latest in a four-year campaign to tear down our environmental health and safety rules.
According to The New York Times, by last July, the Trump administration had rolled back more than 100 environmental rules — dismantling our country’s major environmental and climate policies. As The Times put it, the Trump team has “weakened Obama-era limits on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and from cars and trucks, and rolled back many more rules governing clean air, water and toxic chemicals.” This week’s reversal, when combined with all the others, makes one wonder just who is the EPA protecting? It’s not the public. What does the EPA stand for? Right now, it’s the polluters. To see the full list of rule rollbacks, click here.
Thanks to some help from the Lincoln Project and self-inflicted wounds that have put Republican incumbent Senator Dan Sullivan on the defensive, in Alaska the challenger, Dr. Al Gross, an orthopedic surgeon, is making a strong run.
Why This Matters: The Pebble Mine project is opposed by a majority of Alaskans because of the harm it could cause to the extremely valuable Bristol Bay commercial salmon fishery, and to pristine Alaskan wilderness.
by Julia Pyper, Host/Producer, Political Climate At least 62 million Americans have already cast their ballots nationwide, with Election Day still more than 10 days away. Are environmental issues mobilizing voters? And could these environmental voters tip the scales in battleground states? In a high-stakes election for climate advocates, early voting data looks positive, according […]
It’s Halloween — a time when people think scaring each other is fun. But this year, we are afraid very, very afraid — of what might happen on global warming and the environment in the United States if Donald Trump, the Freddie Krueger of climate action and conservation, wins a second term in the election.Talk about a Nightmare on Elm Street.
It’s frightening to think about what our country will look like after four more years of Trump. But in the spirit of the season, let’s try to picture it.
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